March 18 , 2008
Michael E. Rodgers Seniors Center - Rotary Refresh
In a community collaboration between Huntington Beach Senior Services and the Huntington Beach Rotary Club, Rotary Refresh volunteers gave their time and expertise to improve a senior’s home. Multiple repairs were needed in order for the home to pass the annual housing assistance inspection. The elderly woman and her disabled daughter were unable to do the work themselves and did not have the funds to hire someone. The dedicated and skilled volunteers did significant yard work, replaced a profusely leaking bathroom faucet, and painted a ceiling stained from a prior roof leak. The work was done in time for the inspection. The family was relieved, and all went well. Great job Rotary Refresh volunteers!
Thirty of Hope Chapel's "Nails in His Hands” volunteers gave 250 hours to help improve the lives of older adults in Huntington Beach. Through collaboration with Huntington Beach Senior Services staff who identified needy seniors, the group served four older adults. A 67-year-old, low-income widow had curtains hung, her yard spruced up, and the interior of her home organized and de-cluttered by an enthusiastic team. A mobile home makeover, which included extensive porch repair, porch re-carpeting, installing a new hand railing, re-flooring of the kitchen, and water filter replacement, was provided for an 85-year-old widow. A dilapidated unsafe fence was replaced for one 88-year-old widow with little family support. Another recipient of their team work was an 80-year-old, low-income man who desperately needed and received a bed mattress and significant yard clean up. This community service is a great example of how, through collaborative team effort, Huntington Beach Senior Services is able to enhance the quality of life for seniors by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose. Great job volunteers!
Senior Service Volunteers Honored
On March 14, the Senior Center Advisory Committee (SCAC) honored Ida Dollinger and Kathy Pace for giving “above and beyond” to their community. SCAC is an advisory board that reports to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on aging-related issues. After taking the Age Wave class, Kathy Pace now volunteers as a transportation escort, assists at the Rodgers front desk, and processes the COA membership applications. She is also a Meals-to-the-Home substitute, and she even recruited her husband, Richard. Kathy volunteered at the New Years Eve dance and the Community Senior Serv Luau as well. Even at 92 years of age, nothing slows Ida Dollinger down. Ida believes in volunteering and has always volunteered. So when she moved to Huntington Beach seven years ago, naturally she volunteered for Meals to the Home, assembling their label board two mornings a week. She also assists in the Age Wave class as a panel participant and has provided support in the flu clinic for the last several years. In addition, Senior Services is proud of Meals to the Home volunteer Kimi Tajimi who will become a United States Citizen at the convention center in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 20. As a brand new citizen, Kimi already knows how to serve her community. She has volunteered for the Meals to the Home program since 2005.
Human & Cultural Services - Youth Character Awards
The Children’s Needs Task Force has kicked off the 2008 American Youth Character Award program by sending information to over 100 schools, youth groups, and organizations about this very important program. Now in its eighth year, The American Youth Character Awards are the only national awards given to young people solely for strength of character. They are not to be given for isolated acts of heroism or generosity, nor are they given simply for high grades, selection of leadership posts, excellence in athletics, or arts. The American Youth Character Awards are design to honor young people whose lives and achievements demonstrate an enduring commitment to qualities associated with good character. This year, the city of Huntington Beach will recognize the nominees and honorees at the Youth Character Awards at Bella Terra - Huntington Beach on May 24, at 10 a.m. Nominations are open for children grades 3 through 12, and forms are available at the Community Services front desk and Huntington Beach Libraries. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 2.
Recreation - Annual Easter Hunt
Weather permitting, the city of Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club and the Huntington Beach Community Services Department will be presenting the annual Easter Hunt on Saturday, March 22. The free hunt is for children up to nine years of age, but there are plenty of activities and displays to entertain the whole family! The activities will be held in Huntington Central Park located off Edwards Street between Inlet Street and Central Park Drive. The starting times for the children’s Easter hunt are as follows:
9:30 a.m. for children with disabilities
10:00 a.m. for ages 2 & under
10:30 a.m. for ages 3 & 4
11:00 a.m. for ages 5 & 6
11:30 a.m. for ages 7, 8, & 9
Please have each child bring a container for collecting their Easter treats. Bunny photos, snacks, and drinks will be available for a small fee. Additional activities scheduled to occur throughout the morning include: game booths; face painting; musical entertainment; and displays by the Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Departments, & the Marine Safety Division.
Youth Track Meet
Great weather greeted the participants in the city’s 2008 Youth Track Meet. What participants found was wind, blue skies, and a great evening for a track meet at Huntington Beach High School. Nearly 250 participants were able to compete in the event. Boys and girls competed in a variety of running events as well as the high jump, long jump, and softball throw. The top four finishers from each event qualified to advance to the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation - Orange County Track Meet on Sunday, May 4, at Laguna Hills High School. They have earned the privilege to compete against qualifiers from other cities throughout the county. Staff would like to thank Lamppost Pizza of Huntington Beach for their continued support of the annual track meet. Staff would also like to thank the members of the Huntington Beach Track Team who assisted with the setup of the event. These volunteers and city staff proved to be a very valuable part of a successful event. All of the efforts by the volunteers and staff were very appreciated by the participants of this annual event.
The City Café will have a special egg-themed-game for this week. With any purchase, customers can select an egg and win a prize. Each day, one $20, one $10, and two $5 gift cards will be available.
Public Comment Period for Village at Bella Terra Initial Study Opens March 17
The public comment period for the initial study for the Environmental Impact Report for the Village at Bella Terra (formerly Bella Terra Phase II) opened on March 17. The proposed Village at Bella Terra Project involves a General Plan Amendment (GPA) Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to increase the maximum development density, increase the maximum number of stories, establish mixed-use zoning, create mixed-use development standards, and amend commercial development standards in Specific Plan No. 13. The 15.85 acre site (after a future lot line adjustment) is located between Edinger Avenue and Center Avenue, just west of the existing Bella Terra mall and just east of the Union Pacific Railroad line. The initial study will be used to determine the scope of environmental review. Notices of preparation were sent to property owners and interested parties; copies of the initial study are also available at City Hall, Central Library, and on the Planning Department website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/index.cfm. A scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Maddy Room of the Central Library, located at 7111 Talbert Avenue.
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